GEF ecosystem management project planned for southeast coast
14 September 2020
The Department of Sustainable Development, noting the vast biodiversity of the south east coast of the island and the socio-economic benefits that can be derived if the resources are carefully managed, has decided to implement an integrated ecosystem management project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The GEF 6 South East Coast Project is designed to enable the sustainable economic development of the south east coast by maintaining healthy ecosystems, sustainable livelihoods, and securing global environmental benefits.
A key component of the project is public education and participation. The Department of Sustainable held a two-day public relations and communications workshop with stakeholders to develop a communications strategy.
Facilitator, Alleyne Regis said while the discussions about ecosystems management, restoration, and rehabilitation of sites and sustainable livelihoods may be technical, they do have a direct impact the residents of the south east coast. As such, the Department of Sustainable Development said it is critical that residents are included in order for the communities to take ownership of the project.
The workshop was held at the National Skills Development Centre in Vieux Fort.